Park Theatre

710 S. Alvarado Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90057

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 29, 2018 at 2:55 am

The Alvarado Theatre probably opened in 1914 around the time the Times published the drawing Ron Pierce found. This item appeared in Southwest Contractor and Manufacturer of November 8, 1913:

“Brick Theater, Stores and Apartment Building, 6 rms, 50x148 ft, comp roof; 708-12 S Alvarado St, J L Murphey, own. Story Bldg; John C Austin and W C Pennell archts; Boman, Klarquist Co, bldr, Union League Bldg; $19,000.”

rivest266
rivest266 on August 8, 2016 at 11:36 pm

April 6th, 1966 grand opening ad in photo section.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on August 25, 2012 at 12:53 am

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

lwmulder
lwmulder on June 27, 2011 at 2:43 am

Hi Scott! thank you so much for the link! It’s wonderful information – am learning so much through this site! Recently met some of my “long lost” family, and will pass this on to them as well. This is more information than I ever expected! Thanks again – can hardly wait to get to CA for a tour of these theaters, especially the Alex, named after my father.

Scott Feldmann
Scott Feldmann on June 27, 2011 at 1:17 am

lwmulder, check out www.RialtoSouthPasadena.com to see a picture of ol' grandad! As you find info on him, if any pertains to the Rialto, please drop a line to the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.

lwmulder
lwmulder on June 22, 2010 at 4:20 pm

My grandfather was CL Langley, whom I never knew. However, I am anxious to learn more about him, and the various theaters with which he was associated. I am particularly interested in hearing from JohnnyVegas, as I believe we are related. Claude Alexander Langley, for whom the Alex Theater in Glendale is named, is my father. Joseph Langley, mentioned by ken mc, was my great uncle. Am planning a trip from TX to CA soon, and want to tour as many of the West Coast Theaters as possible. Thanks!!

gxl
gxl on May 1, 2010 at 3:55 am

If I remember correctly the structure that stands at this address has nothing to do with the old Alvarado/Park Theater. The old structure was burned down during the 1992 Riots.

lwmulder
lwmulder on March 13, 2010 at 6:51 am

To Johnny Vegas – would like to learn more about these theaters and the Langleys PLEASE! Contact me directly at Thank you so much!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 13, 2009 at 1:15 am

Here is a part of a February 1968 article in the LA Times:

The theaters where girlie films are shown range from the moderate comforts of the Paris, next door to P.J.’s on Santa Monica, to drab downtown houses. In this case, drabness of surroundings does not equal blueness of films-all theaters are subject to the same laws and the ones with the grimmest décor show the cheapest, oldest and fuzziest films.

Cluny’s Movies, on Alvarado, shows what appear to be blown-up 8 mm. mail order films (made for home viewing) so that the girls look like they are doing their thing underwater. At least at the Cluny the price is right: $1.50 for a couple of hours of what is essentially a low-grade girlie magazine come to pseudo-life.

The Park, down the block, is 50 cents up the scale. It has what it cleverly calls its “Little GAL-lery-Last Six Rows on the Left for Ladies Only.” (Most theaters don’t cater to single ladies at all.) It was here that I saw Hot Bed, written by Big Daddy Epstein III. Other theaters on about this level include the Vista on Sunset, the Apollo Arts on Hollywood, the Monica, down from the Paris. In the dark, it’s hard to tell them apart.

dbland07666
dbland07666 on October 17, 2008 at 1:24 am

You have a good memory, William!

William
William on October 17, 2008 at 12:50 am

I worked some of the Local 150 houses in LA. I remember his name from that time. I just happened upon your above comment and it just came to me.

dbland07666
dbland07666 on October 17, 2008 at 12:20 am

William: yes, my dad’s name was Jay. Did you know him? My grandfather’s name was Barney

William
William on October 16, 2008 at 10:15 pm

DavidBland was your dad’s name Jay?

johnnyvegas
johnnyvegas on October 16, 2008 at 9:10 pm

Per the post by ken mc, Joseph Langley was the manager of the Alvarado and the brother of C. L. Langley, whose Southwest Theater Co.(precurser) to West Coast Theaters, Inc.)owned the Alvarado.

dbland07666
dbland07666 on June 25, 2008 at 9:24 pm

My father and grandfather owned the Alvarado theater from the mid 1950s until they sold it in the early 1960s (to an outfit I remember as “Shan Sales”, or something like that). I worked there as a boy, too, and my father paid me $1.25/hour!

The new owners renamed it the Park, tried to make a go of it showing regular Hollywood movies but couldn’t, then converted it to a gay porn theater, which we thought did OK for some time. After selling the theater, my father sold appliances but also worked as a relief projectionist at many theaters in LA. One day he got a call from the union asking if he was OK working at a gay porn place — the Park! My Dad laughed and said he was OK with it.

The area around Westlake Park was solidly middle class when my family bought the theater. Unfortunately for us, the rise of TV, the building of the freeways and the general decline of downtowns there and across America doomed this endeavor.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 24, 2008 at 4:55 am

I checked out the interior today. Nothing interesting, certainly not like the Westlake. Here are two exterior photos:
http://tinyurl.com/2f3utw
http://tinyurl.com/2cmmwl

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 5, 2007 at 6:29 pm

I think I can open a subalbum in photobucket. There is max of 1000 pictures in each album, apparently. Do me a favor, go the Granada page (West Hollywood theater) and see if that link works as well. Perhaps it only affects me as I cannot open the 1970 link on this page. Thanks.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 5, 2007 at 6:08 pm

They might have worked right after I posted them, but then I deleted some entries as I had exceeded the max allowed in that album. I have to go back and restore the ones I deleted.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 5, 2007 at 5:32 pm

It looks like I deleted some of my recent photobucket entries by mistake. This message will come up on some other pages as well. I will go back and fix the problem when I have a chance.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 10, 2007 at 4:41 am

Here is a January 1958 ad from the LA Times:
http://tinyurl.com/2n5wxg

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 20, 2007 at 4:08 am

Bad guys in May 1924, from the LA Times:

Carey Wilson and George H. Cowdrey pleaded not guilty to charges of robbery at their arraignment yesterday. Cowdrey is also charged with the murder of Joseph Langley, manager of the Alvarado Theater, on September 20, 1923. Langley was shot down in the street by a man who snatched the theater cash box from his hands. Wilson and Cowdrey stand accused of the robbery of the Sultan Baths, Parsons Garage and a street-railway motorbus.

David DeCoteau
David DeCoteau on April 16, 2007 at 3:10 pm

I think this was the theatre Monroe Behler owned back in the 60s. Monroe also owned the Century Theatres in both Hollywood and San Francisco.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 20, 2005 at 1:02 am

The Amador Theater in Jackson, CA, would directly follow this entry:

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